I realize this probably is of interest to no one but me, but I was able to successfully hack the Greymatter back end and create a little script that will allow me to dynamically include the templates from Greymatter directly into my other HTML pages (provided, of course, SSI is enabled). Which means it’ll be much easier to create my other pages and give them all a standard look. I added my resume and updated it to be current… looks pretty good. Now I just need to add back in some of the “about” pages and a fix-up of the Gen13 section and I’ll be good to go.
Well, it seems thus far that the move to blogging has been fairly well accepted by the populace. I’m pretty stoked with it myself. Look, ma! I’m updating my site! Regularly!
As far as the major Amazon pimping that’s taking place here… hey, it never hurts to make a little money on the side. Besides, if I’m diligent enough to keep up with it, you may see a link to something cool that you may just “have to have.” I buy everything from Amazon, you may as well give in and do it, too.
That said, not only does the game have addictive play, but also the music kicks a lot of ass. So I went to the local Wherehouse and picked up a copy of the soundtrack. It rocks, but I have to say, I’m a little irritated that it’s not, like, a two-disc set with all the music on it. Further, I particularly wanted to hear the music that plays during the little movie of the “Eddie” character dancing. Unfortunately, it’s not on that CD. I guess I’ll have to do a little research.
I discovered a PS2 mod chip that doesn’t require soldering, but it still requires that I take the machine apart. I’m reluctant to do that, but I’m still considering it since you don’t have to actually permanently modify the PS2 itself.
You’ve no doubt noticed the vast site overhaul that has rendered the content change seen here.
After fighting with time and resource issues maintaining my old site, I decided it was time to take a different approach to web publishing.
The problem stems from the fact that updating my site in the standard “create an HTML page, upload it through FTP, then keep changing and updating the content” fashion wasn’t working. For one thing, the very idea there requires FTP, which also, therefore, requires that my employer allow FTP through the firewall. Not gonna happen.
“Well, why didn’t you update it from home, then?” you might ask. Because I’m online all day long at work, and the last thing I really want to do when I get home is dial in at 56-stupid-kbps and drag through HTML updates. Not fun.
But even beyond the ability/time issue, I noticed that my interests were changing. Gen13 became, well, fairly lame. It was a long, slow downhill path, but the people who were in from the beginning have got to admit that it doesn’t have the edge it once did. They’re slowly recouping the humor but humor alone just doesn’t cut it.
So I decided to move from the manual HTML way of life into the now. The “blog.” Now, before you jump on my back like a rabid monkey, let me first say that I was [initially] reluctant to go this route. I mean, after all, it would pretty much mean the end to the Gen13 page and search engine. It would definitely mean the end to the fan art gallery. (There was some great art, there, by the way, but it ate so much space. I only get, like, five or ten megs on this account.)
Quite the downside, right? Then consider the upside: I can post stuff more often, with much less pain, now. Not that you all want to read my meaningless ramblings, but it is more fulfilling to post something that means something to me. And now that I can do it relatively painlessly, I can do it more often. Which means that you get more of me, more often.
Not only that, but I can set up other authors on the site, so eventually you may hear from the rest of my utterly tiny circle of friends.
And if you know me, or even if you don’t, you have to understand one key thing about me: everything in my life is an ordeal. Going to the store and getting a candy bar can turn into an epic saga of good over evil. Hopefully I’ll be getting some of that out to you all so you can see what excitement you’re missing out on. I got lots to say about stuff. :)
I’ll also try to put in some cool links to various interesting places so if you get bored while you’re out surfing, maybe I can steer you to some of the less travelled (or, at least, more entertaining) corners of the web.
As of this writing, I’ve posted the blog, I’ve replaced the home page, and I’ve got my new domain - paraesthesia.com pointing to my home page. If you haven’t seen the home page, check it out - I’m pretty pleased with it. Especially after not having done any Flash or graphics work for, oh, ever.
So, for better or worse, here it is. Hope you like it. So far, I do.